March Meetup: Chalk Talk & Pizza at Lost Dog Merrifield

MacDMV will meet next Thursday, March 14th, from 6 to 8:30 at Lost Dog Cafe in Merrifield, just steps from the Dunn Loring metro. We’ll be catching up on workflow enhancements, and there’ll be a live demo of the new Mac Deploy Stick (MDS) for everyone to check out. Come, have some pizza and a beverage, and we’ll talk about what everyone’s working on, open hiring spots, and what everyone’s planning for conference season.

Lost Dog Cafe is located at 2729A Merrilee Drive, Fairfax VA, on the Orange Line Metro. Parking nearby!

February Meetup: Installer Package Scripting with Rich Trouton

Happy New Year, Mac Admins of the greater DC Area!
We’ll be meeting at Moreland’s Tavern in the Brightwood Neighborhood of Washington DC to socialize and see a presentation from Rich Trouton called Installer Package Scripting:

I can use scripts as part of installer packages. Great. Why have a session about this?

There are lots of cool ways to use installer scripts. You can use them to fix problems in other people’s installer scripts, install software which doesn’t use any of Apple’s recommended installation methods, deploy configuration files for other installers, and you can even build an installer package which is only a delivery mechanism for scripts. Let’s look at how to do this!

To set some expectations management for this session, my assumption is that folks here already know the basics of how to write scripts and build an installer package. We’re going to be discussing how to build on that foundation to solve problems.

We’ll also have plenty of time to talk about your current challenges, the state of the art in management solutions and troubleshooting, as well as the future of the platform.
Food and drink will be available from their excellent kitchen & bar.

Agenda:

2:00 – 2:20: Introductions and Hellos, Arrival
2:20 – 3:00: Installer Package Scripting, Rich Trouton
3:00 – 4:00: Open Forum, Social Time

RSVP:

Please RSVP so that we can plan for enough space for attendees!

May Social: May 16th, 6:30p – 8:30p at Tequila & Tacos

Happy Spring! It looks like Sunday was our last cold day and Spring is here at long last!

We’re going to have a social happy hour on May 16th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the brand new Tequila & Tacos in the Carlyle district of Alexandria. It’s right next to one of the big garages down by the USPTO, and it’s a short 10 min walk from the King Street Metro. We’ll have some special guests from Watchman Monitoring, Allen Hancock and JD Strong! If you’ve ever wanted a good lightweight, read-only monitoring system that can help you stay ahead of trouble, Watchman’s your gang. Plus, it’s Allen’s Birthday! Come out and have some Mexican food and margaritas.

Please RSVP Today!

Tequila & Tacos
540 John Carlyle St
Alexandria, VA 22314

Metro: Blue/Yellow to King Street, 10 minute walk

Mac DMV Awesome Admins

CyberSecurity, PenTesting and Risk Assessment presented by DefCon speaker and former Fed Matt James.

Upcoming –> Wednesday, March 28th 2018
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

8281 Greensboro Drive, McLean, VA 22012
Ground-level Conference Room

Free surface-level, hassle-free parking, and/or the Greensboro Metro.

FREE SIGN-UP HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mac-dmv-march-madness-meetup-tickets-44351182581

MacDMV February Meeting at TEKsystems Bethesda

Join your fellow DC-area Apple-facing IT Admins at TEKsystems in Bethesda!

We’ll be talking iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4 betas, Apple Business Manager preliminary information, as well as a brief funeral for macOS Server which is getting a prune back. Our friends at TEKsystems will be providing refreshments, to their great credit. Thanks much, Nandi Howard!

February 28th, 6pm to 7:30pm
TEKsystems
4500 East West Highway Suite 500
Bethesda, MD 20814

RSVP today!

October Meetup at Merriweather Post!

Join us next Saturday at scenic and historic Merriweather Post Pavilion for a meetup to talk about everything discussed at the Jamf Nation User Conference (JNUC), as well as to hear the latest in everyone’s ongoing experiences with macOS High Sierra and iOS 11! We’ll get a backstage experience at the recently renovated concert facility, including a stage tour!

Afterwards, we’ll adjourn for lunch at a nearby restaurant.

September Social Lunch at Tunnicliff’s!

Join your fellow Apple Admins for lunch at Tunnicliff’s Tavern on the Hill and talk about macOS High Sierra and iOS 11. We’re heading closer and closer to release of both of these new operating platforms and it’s always good to hear about your colleagues’ experience with testing and implementation planning! We’ll be at Tunnicliff’s on the Hill for lunch, and please do remember that 7th St SE is closed on the weekends, so park nearby on Pennsylvania or North Carolina Aves.

Tunnicliff’s Tavern
222 7th St SE
Washington DC 20003
Metro: Eastern Market (Orange/Blue/Silver)
Metrobus: 90, 92, 30N, 30S, 32, 34, 36

August Meetup at ID.me

As the summer heads to its height, and the beta season starts moving toward final release, MacDMV will gather on August 15th!
Scott Secrest from Jamf will present on the state of Jamf Pro, and Jennifer Unger will present on converting Smart Groups to Advanced Searches with the Jamf API, taking some of the load off your JSS. Once presentations are complete, we’ll open the floor for open discussion on iOS 11 and High Sierra and how testing is going.

Come join your colleagues and learn about what’s coming, what you can do today, and make some new friends.

Schedule for Aug 15th starting at 6:00.

  • Intro from ID.me.
  • Scott Secrest – Jamf – Jamf Pro
  • Jennifer Unger – Converting Smart Groups to Advanced Searches with the Jamf API
  • Open discussion on iOS 11 and High Sierra testing
  • Dinner/Drinks location TBD

March Meeting: Lightning Talks at Finn Partners

Lightning Talks! The idea is simple: come give a 5-10 minute talk on any subject. If you’re just working on your public speaking, or if you’re getting a talk ready for a conference proposal, this is a great way to practice the core elements of a talk and get ready for conference proposals!

You don’t have to talk to attend, but it’s a good way to get some practice and have some fun.

We’re being hosted by Finn Partners, for which we are thankful! The building is an ID Check building, so please do bring photo
ID.

After the Lightning Talks, we’ll head out in search of some food and fellowship. See you there!

Nearest Metro: Farragut North (Red Line), Farragut West (Silver/Blue/Orange Lines)
Parking: Street Parking or nearby garages